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Invisible citizens

  1. Feb 19, 2010 #1
    How many U.S. citizens are currently secured (institutionalized) from participating in free society, primarily because of incapacitating mental or physical disability?
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  3. Feb 22, 2010 #2


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    According to 2005 AHA statistics, there were about 5,900 hospitals in the US, with about 1 million beds. In 2005 they had close to 35 million admissions and about 240 million patient days.
  4. Feb 25, 2010 #3
    The big number, though, is the roughly 2.3 million Americans behind bars--that's right, 2.3 million. Unfortunately, many of them are mentally ill, handicapped, etc. More still are locked up because of minor drug crimes.
  5. Feb 25, 2010 #4


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    Please post the source with these numbers, percent of mentally ill, handicapped, etc... Thanks.
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